Happiness Is A Choice!

September 30, 2011

Did you know that we control the atmosphere of our Christian marriage?  We can choose to have a great marriage or we can choose to have a sour marriage.  Our marriage depends on the  mindset that we choose to have from day to day. If we want to enjoy our marriage we must be intentional and choose to think positively about it.  How would you like to have a better marriage now, today!  In the following Scripture verses, God is clear on how we can accomplish it.

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8

Have you ever notice how much power our thoughts have over us?  The interesting thing about our thoughts is that we can control them!  Do not get me wrong. Each day we are bombarded with so much negativity in every way from the news reports to daily conversation.  If we do not want to be angry or sad, then we have to fight back and focus our thoughts on what is right and positive.

There is an older gentlemen in my church that always has a smile on his face.  It does not matter what time of the day it is or what is going on in his life, he is always full of energy and happy.  In fact, his attitude is so delightful that it causes others to be happy as well.  When I was younger, I would often think that he is just a happy man.  However, now that I am older, I realize that everyone has trials and tribulations.  The difference between this gentleman and many of us is how we choose to go through our hard times.

Happiness is a choice. Being happy does not mean that we will not experience less than perfect situations in our life.  Deciding to be happy means that we are choosing to not allow ourselves to be upset or saddened by the events of the day or season of life we are currently experiencing. When we decide to think on the “right” things, we take control over our own lives and emotions.

Challenge:  Take a moment throughout today and think about your emotions. During a time when you are feeling angry or sad, pause, and ask yourself, “What am I thinking about?”  You will find that whatever you are concentrating on has the power to affect your mood.

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